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Eurovision Chat Over Coffee: Dean Vuletic Written by on June 17, 2022

Although Ukraine’s victory in Turin brought the political impact of the Eurovision Song Contest to the foreground, it has always been part of the fabric of the Contest. Ewan Spence sits down with Dr Dean Vuletic to talk about the early days of the Song Contest, the politics on show in the early years, and the impact of Eurovision on the European identity.

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It was looking like it was going to be a quiet day in the Eurovision world. With the news that the European Broadcasting Union has come to the conclusion that next year’s Song Contest will not be held in Ukraine and has approached the BBC to see if it can host, there’s a sudden burst of public interest in the Song Contest.

We’ll get to all that in next week’s News Podcast when things have calmed down a bit the options might be a little clearer. This week we’ve taken a step back into the history of the Contest to talk about the politics in the early Contests, a more detailed look at the origins of Eurovision, and how European identity was influenced by the Song Contest.

Eurovision Chat Over Coffee: Dean Vuletic

Ewan Spence sits down with Dr Dean Vuletic to talk about the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and its relationship with European politics.

Read more of Dean Vuletic’s academic work on the Eurovision Song Contest at

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (

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